Following the Save America Trump Rally at ten a.m., a mob of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Wednesday at three p.m. ET. This was the first attack on the Capitol since the British burned the building in 1814.
“We’re going to walk down … to the Capitol,” President Trump said at the rally. “We’re probably not going to be cheering so much … You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
The rioters climbed buildings and broke windows eventually making their way inside. Chief of Police Steven A. Sund released a statement stating that law enforcement officers were attacked by the mob with weapons such as metal pipes.
“They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage,” Sund said. “Protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place.”
While rushing the entrance, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit was shot by police and later died after being rushed to the hospital. This infuriated the mob even more as they started to yell “murderers!” Thursday morning it was released that three more people died due to medical emergencies.
The Senate and House were both forced to stop proceedings and lock their doors forcing Congress into lockdown. While hiding under their chairs wearing gas masks, the mob roamed the Capitol building finding their way into Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi’s office leaving her a note that said: “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN” and wrote, “MURDER THE MEDIA” on a door.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle called for action to be taken against the Trump mob.
“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault,” President-Elect Joe Biden said. “I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege … It’s not protest, it’s insurrection.”
High ranking Republican officials such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have condemned the mob as well. President Donald Trump instead took a softer approach when addressing his supporters.
“We had an election that was stolen from us … but you have to go home now,” Trump said. “We love you. You’re very special.”
Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Congress later that night.
“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today: You did not win,” Pence said. “Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house.”